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Spokane men jailed for illegal fish netting at Banks Lake

Washington Fish and Wildlife police seized about 50 fish taken illegally with gillnets during a nighttime patrol of Banks Lake on Jan. 10, 2013. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)
Washington Fish and Wildlife police seized about 50 fish taken illegally with gillnets during a nighttime patrol of Banks Lake on Jan. 10, 2013. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

POACHING — Two Spokane men were arrested last week at Banks Lake after a nighttime patrol of five Washington Fish and Wildlfie police caught them illegally gillnetting about 50 whitefish.

Maxim Andriyenko, 28, and Vladimir Lebedinski, 33, both of Spokane, were booked into the Grant County Jail, according to a report by the Columbia Basin Herald. The other suspect was a 16-year-old boy. A 14-foot boat was seized.

Police said the men are likely part of a “poaching community.”  This is not news to anglers who frequent Banks and other regional lakes, but it's good news that some members of this “poaching community” are getting nailed.

The officers reported the suspects argued throughout the search, never admitting to any wrongdoing. Police said one suspect, a convicted felon, allegedly threatened to cut off the fingers of one officer.




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